A bit of suburban left and right, this and that.
Around this time of year, the thing I struggle with the most when getting dressed for early meetings or classes is how bitingly chilly it can still be before 7am, and how unbearably sweaty it gets by the time lunch comes around. Too often, I’ve found myself freezing on the train in a tee, or sweating in my crêpe and tweed and sprinting breathlessly between tutorials, in which case I’m definitely the campus entertainment – and not in a good way.
And then, in a bout of 90s inspiration, I conquered transeasonal dressing, and attempted to document my success at 6am on my way to work… without getting run over. You’ll have to excuse the slight graininess.
Spaghetti straps are back in the game (though to be fair, they never really left my books) and probably provide the most ventilation you are ever going to get in intolerable dry heat, other than being starkers. The fact that this particular one is velvet, not feather-light silk, is far more favourable for bra-free me as I can actually feel the fabric and don’t look down halfway through a conversation to see half my boob out. For this reason, too, a generously lapelled coat is a key player – though my primary gold star on this Joseph beauty is that the cotton panels breathe and the wool panels insulate when you need it most. Kind of like a portable cuddle. What’s not to love about that?
The key to not actually looking like a 90s tragic, though (rather, an appropriation), is to elongate your neck (hair up for this one, please), and make the sexiest possible footwear decisions. This is an outfit of extremes: spaghetti and outerwear, short hair and killer heels.
But let’s keep it real here: I definitely changed into flats for class.
Academics aren’t even ready for lingerie as outerwear, let alone lingerie as footwear.
Oh Alaïa, you heartbreaker.
T by Alexander Wang Panne Velvet Cami from THE OUTNET – Joseph Paneled Wool and Cotton Coat – Tibi Windowpane Pants – Alaïa Laser-Matte Heels – SENSO Aggie II Slippers – 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel